Mad Catz MLG Pro Circuit Xbox 360 Controller Review (Hardware)
Posted by Christophor Rick (TheSuperGuido), Feb 16, 2012 12:27
The controller itself is made of high quality parts and has a heft all its own. But, in case you like to have a really weighty controller in hand when playing, there is a weight system on the back side. Yes, just like your mice for PC gaming, the MLG Pro Circuit Controller for Xbox 360 has a weight system, with a whopping total weight of 70 grams, in two 35g weights that snap into the back where a battery pack would be on a wireless controller. For those with large hands you might rest your fingers across the top of the weights while medium or smaller hands would easily grip the controller to each side of the weights.
The body of the MLG Pro Circuit Xbox 360 Controller is thicker than a standard Xbox 360 controller, while the nubs don’t flare out as much giving a sleeker profile to grip. This gives a pretty good grip on the controller. However, on the negative side, it means that some third-party accessories, like my Hyperkin Keypad can’t be used with it as it snaps onto the controller at the headset jack and doesn’t fit the MLG Pro Circuit controller. Then again, if I’m doing some serious gaming, it’s highly unlikely I’m going to stop and type up some chat or message to someone. After all, I’ve also got a Tritton headset so I could just as easily speak whatever I need to communicate in-game or with other friends on XBLA.
The MLG Pro Circuit Controller for Xbox 360 comes with removable 3-piece faceplates (main piece and one for each end) in both high gloss and matte black so you can swap them as you see fit. I prefer a high gloss main plate, where the controls are, but a matte black on the nubs for a better grip. Across the underside of the controller and up the sides to the removable plates is all rubberized for a good sticky grip during even the most heated of gameplay sessions. Those hard plastic shells on standard controllers get a bit slippery over time as you use them, but with a rubberized body, this controller is definitely made to last. I seem to recall some mention of customizable faceplates in the future so that you could have your team logo or something on them when I was at CES, but that might just be my mind playing tricks on me. However, it would be easy enough to slap a logo on them where the MLG Pro Circuit logo is now (which is just a decal anyway). I could definitely see static cling skins working really well on this unit. Maybe not on the nubs but definitely on the front face plate. All three faceplates are held in place by magnets in the controller housing and stay in place quite well.
Rating: 5.0, votes: 1